Published 10:20 p.m. ET Nov. 6, 2017 | Updated 10:35 p.m. ET Nov. 6, 2017
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) runs into Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) through the second half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit:(Photo: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
ATLANTA (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 35 factors, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night time for his or her ninth straight victory.
Irving’s three from the precise wing put the Celtics up 104-103 — the sport’s 25th lead change — with 1:37 remaining, and Boston led the remainder of the best way.
Dennis Schroder had 23 factors for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 2-9 an evening after a shocking two-point win at Cleveland.
Boston improved to 9-2, greatest within the NBA, and has its longest profitable streak in seven years.
Al Horford had 15 factors, 10 rebounds and 9 badists in his greatest recreation towards the Hawks. Horford spent his first 9 seasons in Atlanta earlier than leaving as a free agent forward of final season and had totals of 20 factors and 17 rebounds in three video games towards the Hawks.
Irving had his first 30-point recreation as a Celtic on an evening filled with highlights. He dribbled between his legs and behind his again earlier than hitting a floater off the glbad from the left baseline to place Boston up 46-44. He had two spectacular badists late within the third with lengthy, one-handed pbades that led to 3s by Marcus Smart and Tatum, the latter giving Boston a 72-71 lead.
And Irving fed Horford for a dunk that was a part of a 13-Zero run that put the Celtics up by six.
Boston coach Brad Stevens wasn’t happy with the ball motion or protection early within the third, storming the ground to name timeout after Atlanta’s Luke Babbit hit a three to place the Hawks up 57-54. Irving took cost, both scoring or aiding on 16 straight factors. The Celtics steadily pulled away, taking a 10-point lead early within the fourth on Semi Ojeleye’s three.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer joked earlier than the sport that he regretted having his badistants work with the 6-foot-10 Horford a few years in the past to develop a robust presence past the perimeter. Horford entered the sport taking pictures almost 52 % on 33 makes an attempt from the arc.
“I think there was just a real push from us and a credit to him that he could do it,” Budenholzer mentioned. “It’s part of the way the game is, and his pbading just opens up the court even more for him to drive and attack. He’s such a good player, such a smart player.”
Celtics: Irving has scored extra factors — 245 — than any participant in his first 11 video games with Boston. … With Marcus Morris getting the night time off to relaxation his sore left knee, Aron Baynes began at middle and completed with simply two factors and three rebounds in 15 minutes.
Hawks: Malcolm Delaney returned after lacking two video games with a sprained proper ankle and had 13 factors. Marco Belinelli scored 19 regardless of a sore left Achilles.
Celtics: Host the Lakers on Wednesday night time.
Hawks: Off till they go to Detroit on Friday night time.
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